Marsh Award For Civic Societies

This Award is in partnership with Civic Voice, it recognises the outstanding contribution made by a Civic Society to the Civic Movement.

Civic Societies bestow a focus for voluntary and community action to renovate the places where people live.

Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. They make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive. They promote civic pride.

The 2016 winner is Sheffield Civic Trust

Sheffield Civic Trust (SCT) is an active, growing volunteer organisation that strives to make Sheffield a better place to live, work and visit. This year, the Trust celebrated its 10th birthday.

SCT uses social media to engage with people both in and beyond the city. Its twitter account (@SheffCivicTrust) has 2,876 followers, making SCT the most followed civic trust or society in England. The SCT website includes a blog post of articles from trustees, friends and supporters and they also circulate an e-newsletter which goes out to 1,650 supporters every month.

In September 2016, a working party of Sheffield Civic Trust Trustees and supporters helped secure 86 participant buildings in the city for Heritage Open Days (HODs) 2016 and these buildings were visited by several thousand people. Sheffield HODs highlights included: synchronised bell ringing in churches across the city; a celebration of Sheffield’s Black history; a ‘Sheffield Home of Football’ oriented walk; a guided cycle ride that followed the route of a First World War Zeppelin bombing raid on the city that took place 100 years ago; a walking tour of Sheffield’s Modernist buildings; and the launch of three themed craft beers to celebrate HODs.

In October 2016, SCT’s collaboration with a new partner, Sheffield Society of Architects, will deliver the Sheffield Design Awards 2016. The awards will once again include the Peoples’ Award which will be decided by about 4,000 people voting online for their favourite new building, refurbishment or public space delivered in Sheffield in the last five years.


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